We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!
You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.
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Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day. For a short history of the Thursday Birders and species seen over the years, visit our “About Thursday Birders” page.
Pueblo Montano Open Space
Visit Pueblo Montano Open Space for a walk along the bosque with Glenda and Jim Morling: 269-420-8322, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano and one block east of Coors. It can be accessed from either street. This will be a two-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Bosque del Apache NWR
Visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, email@example.com. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson. A secondary meeting place will be McDonald’s in Socorro at 9:15 for a quick rest stop and just enough time to get food to go. Please tell Judy by February 13 if you plan to meet the group in Socorro. The group will depart for the Bosque del Apache at 9:30. Bring lunch. A $5 entrance fee or Federal pass is required per car. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 5:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $10 at five cents per mile.
Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area
Tour Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area (part of the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex) with Ken Zaslow: 512-576-5309, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:20 a.m.for an 8:30 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites located on the north side of Gibson and east side of University Boulevard. The area is 50 miles south of Albuquerque on I-25, taking exit 175, then driving on the east frontage road and going north for a short distance to the entrance. Bring lunch. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 3:00 p.m.
Durand Open Space
Walk in the Durand Open Space in the South Valley with Becky Purvis: 505-877-2517, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the open space parking lot at 4736 Isleta SW. From I-25, exit on Rio Bravo, drive west on Rio Bravo and turn south onto Isleta Boulevard. Drive two miles to the property on the east side of Isleta. The walk will be about one mile in length and will end before 12:00 p.m.
Valle de Oro NWR
Visit Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in the South Valley with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking area on 2nd Street by the refuge sign. To reach the refuge, drive south on I-25 and take the Rio Bravo exit. To reach the refuge, drive south on I-25 and take the Rio Bravo exit. Drive west on Rio Bravo to 2nd Street. Turn south on 2nd and drive 3.2 miles to the entrance. The group will drive to different areas of the refuge and take short walks from there. The trip will end before 12:00 p.m.
Walk in the Corrales bosque with Perrianne Houghton: 505-321-2015, Perrianne_h@yahoo.com. Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the shopping area north of Alameda Road/NM 528 and east of Corrales Road/NM 448. Park by the Boxing Bear Brewing Company where parking is not restricted. The group will carpool from there to one of the bosque locations. The walk should end by 12:00 p.m. Lunch is planned at Village Pizza in Corrales.
Tingley Bosque Ponds
Walk around the Tingley bosque ponds with Leah Henzler: 505-280-2085, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the north end of the Tingley Beach parking lot. To reach the area, drive west on Central Avenue past Rio Grande Boulevard, turning left on Tingley Drive. Take the first right from Tingley Drive, and then turn right to the dirt overflow parking lot. This leaves the few parking spots by the concession stand for people who want to fish. The walk will be about one mile in length ending before 12:00 p.m.
Bosque del Apache NWR
Visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson. A secondary meeting place will be McDonald’s in Socorro at 9:15 for a quick rest stop and just enough time to get food to go. The group will depart for the Bosque del Apache at 9:30. Bring lunch. A $5 entrance fee or Federal pass is required per car. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 5:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $10 at five cents per mile.
Pena Blanca and Cochiti Lake
Drive to Pena Blanca, NM, and Cochiti Lake with Barbara Hussey: 505-385-1165, email@example.com. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot on the south side of Sprouts in the Far North Shopping Center on the east side of San Mateo and north of Academy Boulevard NE. If you want to meet the group west of I-25 on NM 22 to Santo Domingo and Pena Blanca, contact Barbara by April 3. Bring lunch. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 2:00 p.m. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.
Hike Embudito Canyon in the Sandia Mountain foothills with Lefty Arnold: 505-514-9398, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:27 a.m. in the trailhead parking lot. To reach the canyon, drive east on Montgomery past Tramway, then turn left on Glenwood Hills. Continue 0.4 of a mile, turn right on Trailhead Road and continue to the parking lot. This is an easy 1.5-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Coyote del Malpais Golf Course
Travel to the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course at 2001 George Hanosh Boulevard, in Grants, NM, with Ken Zaslow: 512-576-5309, email@example.com. Meet at 6:20 a.m. for a 6:30 departure from the northwest corner of the parking lot of the Hotel Albuquerque, located at 800 Rio Grande NW. To reach the hotel from I-40, take the Rio Grande exit and drive south to the first stop light at Bellamah NW. Turn east toward the hotel and enter the parking lot on the right. From Albuquerque the group will travel west on I-40 for 75 miles. Take exit 89 from I-40 and stay on the service road to the service station on the north side of I-40, (600 McBride Road), where the participants will regroup at approximately 7:45 a.m. and take the opportunity for a short bathroom break and chance to buy snacks. If one plans to meet the group there, tell Ken before April 18.
The group will walk approximately three miles around the golf course and the many ponds there, and then have lunch in the club house. One may bring lunch and eat outside on the porch, or buy lunch at the snack bar. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $7.50 at five cents per mile. The trip will end by 3:00 p.m. back in Albuquerque.
Manzano Pond and Quarai NM
Travel to Manzano pond in Manzano, NM, and Quarai National Monument with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the north side of the Sprouts parking lot in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center on Central Avenue and Tramway Boulevard NE or meet Bonnie at the intersection of NM 337 and NM 55 at 8:50. Bring lunch. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile. The group will be back in Albuquerque by 2:00 p.m.
Birdathon – Carlsbad, NM
Regular attendees of Thursday Birder outings are invited to join the Vermilion Flycatcher team for the Thursday Birder Birdathon led by Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, email@example.com. Contact her if you would like to be a member of the team. Be aware that at least half of the group must hear or see each bird species and no one is allowed to stray from the group when birding for the Birdathon. The group will be going to locations near Carlsbad; Rattlesnake Springs, Washington Ranch, Slaughter Canyon, Avalon and Brantley Lakes.
The money raised by the Birdathon participants will be used by Central New Mexico Audubon Society to help preserve the Belen Marsh. The land is owned by the Valencia County Fair Association who would have made a parking lot of the marsh in 2008 if not for the actions of CNMAS and the local residents. The goals of the Birdathon are to see as many bird species as the group can observe in a 24-hour period, see the bird species found in only this part of New Mexico, and to raise money for the preservation of the Belen Marsh. All participants may solicit pledges from their friends and family and/or make a monetary donation themselves. Suggested pledges are $0.50 – $1.00 per bird, or a special pledge of a larger amount for life birds seen. Donations from nonparticipants are welcome and are tax-free. Send your check to CNMAS, PO Box 30002, Albuquerque, NM, 87190-0002. The team will be staying at Washington Ranch the nights of May 1 and 2. Rebecca has reserved all the available rooms there. When those rooms are all taken, Rebecca will direct people to the Rodeway Inn (575-785-2148) in White’s City, only 15 minutes from Washington Ranch. The Birdathon will take place on May 2. Team members should arrive the afternoon of May 1 to check into their rooms and make plans over a picnic dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Rattlesnake springs picnic tables to make plans for the following day. The drive from Albuquerque is a five-hour drive. Rebecca will send you more detailed plans when you contact her about being a member of the team.
Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
Travel to the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area and Belen Marsh with Linda Heinze: 505-270-1779, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson SE and University Boulevard or 8:45 at Whitfield, located at 2424 NM 47. After a 1.5 mile walk around the Whitfield perimeter, the group will go to the Belen marsh. Participants are invited to have lunch together at the Sakura Japanese Hibachi Grill and Sushi Bar located at 1400 Main Street, Los Lunas, NM. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 2:00 p.m. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $3.50 at five cents per mile.
Pueblo Montano Open Space
Walk in the Pueblo Montano Open Space with Susan Chaudoir: 985-302-2878, email@example.com. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano Road and east side of Coors Boulevard. There is an entrance from both of those roads. It will be an easy two-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Water Canyon and The Box
Visit Water Canyon and The Box on US 60 west of Socorro with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 6:50 a.m. for a 7:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson SE and University Boulevard. There will be a secondary meeting place at the McDonald’s in Socorro at 8:15, and a departure from there at 8:30. Let Judy know by May 21 if you plan to meet the group at McDonald’s. Bring lunch or buy lunch to go at McDonald’s. The trip will end back in Albuquerque at 4:00 p.m. For those not driving, the shared gas expense will be $10 at five cents per mile.
Walk in Calabacillas Arroyo with Maurice Mackey: 505-897-0415, email@example.com. The group will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the west side of the Rio Grande River. The area is reached by driving north on Coors, past Paseo Del Norte and Irving Boulevard, turning east on Westside Drive. Westside Drive is the first right 0.28 miles north of Irving Boulevard. Follow Westside Drive 0.2 of a mile to an open gate on the left. Go through the gate and down the arroyo to the parking area. If driving south on Coors from Corrales or Alameda, get in the left lane and turn onto Westside Drive. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, contact Rebecca Gracey.
CNMAS Field Trips
CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Percha Dam and Caballo Lake State Parks
Join Kim Score for a trip down to Sierra County to visit the Percha Dam and Caballo Lake State Park areas, located 2.5 hours south of Albuquerque. We will be birding both parks, and depending on level of interest, we may also visit other nearby hotspots at Elephant Butte Reservior. In addition to a variety of wintering waterfowl, we are likely to find a few interesting Zonotrichia sparrows, gulls, loons, and mergansers. Phainopepla and pyrrhuloxia are residents here, and rare species such as purple finch and Lawrence’s goldfinch could also be possible. Bring your spotting scope, camera and walking shoes, along with a day pack with water, snacks and lunch. Meet at 8:30 am at the Percha Dam State Park entrance near the pay station kiosk. Please contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and with specific questions. Also, let her know if you’re interested in carpooling from Albuquerque. Camping is available at both parks, and hotel accommodations can be made on Saturday night in Truth or Consequences, 20 miles to the north. It’s a great time of year to warm up in the local hot springs!
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Join Jim Mosley on a trip up to Maxwell NWR to target wintering raptors and waterfowl. Hopefully some other surprises will be found as well, like swans and American tree sparrows. Meet at the Refuge Headquarters at 8:00 am. This is a great birding location, but has limited amenities in the nearby town. Please come prepared and bring plenty of water and snacks for the day. Warm clothing is a must, and spotting scopes are also very beneficial at this location. The trip should finish before noon; however, the group may want to stop at Las Vegas NWR on the way back. Please contact Jim at email@example.com to RSVP and with specific questions. Also, let him know if you’re interested in carpooling from Albuquerque.
If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.
Other Birding Opportunities
But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.
Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks
Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am
w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.
For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.
Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks
Every third Saturday of the month
w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website: http://friendsofvalledeoro.wildapricot.org/.
Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips
Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.